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That shrinking feeling...

"Standard decision, as far as I’m concerned." (Matt Williams, explaining his managerial approach in general or his decision to leave Joe Ross in to face Duda and Johnson in the 7th.) Mets 3, Nationals 2:  NL East lead shrinks to one game over Mets thanks to lack of offense and Matt Williams' "standard" bullpen decisions. The good news is: Drew Storen and Jonathan...
Via Nationals Enquirer
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Mets 3, Nationals 2 #TheDudeAbides

Duda ClubsTwo Homers, Game-Winning Double! The Mets (54-50) defeated the Washington Nationals (54-48), as well as earning the series victory tonight at Citi Field by a score of 3-2. Jacob deGrom started for the Mets tonight, and got off to a bit of a rocky start, as he loaded the bases in the first inning, […]
Via Mets Merized Online
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Bryce Harper is one of the best players in baseball. He’s probably the front runner for National League MVP. However, he hurts his team when he gets ejected and Nationals manager Matt Williams wants that to come to an end. In the 11th inning of a tie game on Friday, Harper was called out on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Thread: Nationals vs Mets, 7:10 PM (Cespedes Batting Third!)

The New York Mets continue their weekend series against the division-leading Washington Nationals after taking the first game in dramatic fashion with a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 12th. Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.05) gets the start for the Mets tonight and opposes right-hander Joe Ross (2-3, 3.03) for the Nats in a […]
Via Mets Merized Online
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Should the Nationals fear the Mets?

The knee-jerk reaction answer to the question posed in the headline, in light of the New York Mets’ acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes and last night’s 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals, is a resounding YES! The lazy answer is something along the lines of, “No, the Nationals have the best team in the National League East. They will figure things out.” I am not prone to knee...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nats' Harper ejected for screaming in ump's face

NEW YORK Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was ejected in the 11th inning Friday against the Mets after taking a called third strike and screaming right in the face of plate umpire Jerry Meals. Harper, now 0 for 17 against Mets ace Matt Harvey, had reached base safely in a career-best 26 consecutive games before going hitless in five at-bats. The fourth-year outfielder has been tossed...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The new-look Washington Nationals bullpen

After the craziness that was the MLB trade deadline, the Washington Nationals were left taking the backseat in the National League East to the New York Mets. The Mets completed huge deals to acquire Tyler Clippard, Juan Uribe and Yoenis Cespedes, while the Nationals stayed relatively quiet except for trading for Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies within the division...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Zimmerman: Respect soaring for reliever Storen

Drew Storen may have lost his job as closer with the Washington Nationals, but he continues to pile up points inside the team's clubhouse. Storen has made two appearances since the acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon cost him his job as closer and turned in a pair of dazzling performances. Storen struck out four of the six batters he faced and threw 17 of 19 pitches for strikes in back...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats 2015 Draft Class Stats Update (7/31)

We are keeping you up to date on the progress of the 2015 Washington Nationals draft class.  Here are the current stats for the Nats draft class.  Players we gave  * * * are performing well on the season or on a hot, recent tear. * * * OF Andrew Stevenson (2nd RD)  Assigned to Auburn and recently promoted to Hagerstown (A).  Stevenson has appeared in 23 games and is 29 for 91...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Closing

Get used to  Jonathan Papelbon and his bug eyes, Nats fans. Nationals 1, Marlins 0: Jonathan Papellbon closes out his first game for the Nationals, after seven shutout inningsl by Max Scherzer, and a scoreless 8th by Drew Storen. The new formula? Video of first of many saves by Papelbon: (Screencap via MLB.com video)
Via Nationals Enquirer
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals get what they really need at deadline — health

The Washington Nationals made a big, headline grabbing type of move earlier this week, trading for Philadelphia Phillies’ closer Jonathan Papelbon. The move gives the Nationals arguably the best one-two punch for the eighth and ninth innings going forward. It was, however, not the most important move the team made at the deadline. Since the All-Star break, the Nationals have seen...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper’s Hosiery Playing Into His Success

Bryce Harper is finally living up to the Herculean expectations that have been following him since he was a teenager. That’s not to say he hasn’t been good…he has. What I’m saying is that Harper, now in his fourth season, is being that all-world slugger everyone thought he was going to be when he hit the big leagues in 2012. And apparently there’s a reason for that. His...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Nationals add Papelbon

The Washington Nationals have finally broken the ice as the trade deadline is almost near on July 31. The Nationals went out with the intention to add some bullpen help, as the moves started to unwind this past week the Nationals acquired Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon yesterday to boost their bullpen. Most of you know Papelbon from the 2007 Redsox championship season...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon asked Drew Storen for pitching tips in shower

For Jonathan Papelbon, no place is off limits when it comes to seeking pitching advice. Not even the shower. Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday to pick up his first save with the Nationals since being traded to Washington from Philadelphia. He apparently liked what he saw from Drew Storen, the Nationals’ previous...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Papelbon, Storen offer quick glimpse of bullpen's dominance

The Washington Nationals did not have to wait long to see the iimpact new closer Jonathan Papelbon can have on their pitching staff.Papelbon, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, needed only nine pitches to close out Thursday's 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins - his first save with his new team and his 18th in 18 chances this season.The arrival of Papelbon meant...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins cause a stink playing fart sounds during Nationals BP

The Miami Marlins played fart sounds prior to last night's game while the Washington Nationals took batting practice.Mark Zuckerman explained why.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
Via Bob's Blitz
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals serenaded with fart noises during B.P. at Marlins Park (video)

In what may be an unprecedented (and sophomorically delightful) act of music-based psychological warfare, the wacky wisenheimers in charge of the P.A. system at Marlins Park — the already-carnival-like home of the Miami Marlins — pumped in what sounded like fart noises as the Washington Nationals conducted their batting practice session prior to Wednesday’s game....Read More...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

What funk?

Here's video of the two baseballs Bryce Harper destroyed off Tom Koehler last night in Miami en route to a 7-2 Nats win. So much for being in a funk... (Screencap via MLB.com video)
Via Nationals Enquirer
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins play fart noises during Nationals batting practice (Video)

The Miami Marlins had something special planned for the visiting Washington Nationals prior to Thursday night's game at Marlin Park: playing fart noises over the PA system during Nats batting practice. Went back through BP tape and found the fart noise during #Nats BP. This is not a joke. pic.twitter.com/Q7dweOdk19 — HoldenKushner (@Holdenradio) July 29, 2015Some would say this...
Via Holdout Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Marlins are playing fart noises during Nationals batting practice

So, it’s come to this in Miami – the Marlins went from giving the Washington Nationals no background music during batting practice on Wednesday to giving them fart sounds. Yes, fart sounds. Marlins giving Nats the silent treatment for BP, so Harper brought out Gio's giant speaker to put next to the cage. — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 29, 2015 Nationals played elevator...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Marlins are playing fart noises during Nationals batting practice

So, it’s come to this in Miami – the Marlins went from giving the Washington Nationals no background music during batting practice on Wednesday to giving them fart sounds. Yes, fart sounds. Marlins giving Nats the silent treatment for BP, so Harper brought out Gio's giant speaker to put next to the cage. — Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 29, 2015 Nationals played elevator...
Via Bloguin Best
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Unhappy Drew Storen could mess up Nationals playoff push

View image | gettyimages.com When the Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies yesterday, they probably envisioned an enviable situation: Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon teaming up to shut down games at the back end. Without a true setup man, the Nationals uncomfortably went through the eighth inning night...
Via Philliedelphia
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sorry, Drew

Say hello to Jonathan Papelbon, the new closer of the Washington Nationals. Nats acquire Papelbon for AA-pitcher Nick Pivetta Drew Storen loses his job again. Sorry, Drew: "Really, all I'm gonna say is that obviously I'm aware of the move. I've talked to (Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo) about it. I've talked to my agent. We've had some ongoing discussions. Until...
Via Nationals Enquirer
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Storen not happy about Jonathan Papelbon trade

The Washington Nationals bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday when they acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. But it could take a while before one of Papelbon’s new teammates offers to buy him dinner. Drew Storen has been closing games for the Nationals all season, and he has been very effective in that role....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Storen Owners Pop A Vein

Jonathan Papelbon has a contract that insures that he remains the closer if he's traded. He would likely be the closer in Washington even without that stipulation, but it's so like Papelbon to have that in his contract. Should just call that the douche clause. To fix him, the Nationals should bring him into games where they're up one run in the seventh and run him out there for...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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